Jefferson's Presidency

Jefferson's Presidency

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  • States' Rights
  • All men are Created equal! That is all white males of course.
  • Interpreting the Constitution
  • aha! Strict Construction is what we need.
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • New land! We've got to buy this.
  • Yes! Buy my land because I Am short and need money to conquer people so I can feel better about my height.
  • Jefferson wanted to bring more power to the states, and less to the government, as he was a strong anti-federalist.  Jefferson expanded voting rights so that more people could be involved in the goverment, by eliminating the requirement of owning land.
  • Established the US Military Academy 
  • Thanks to Jefferson now we can train a Military and be a force to reckon with!
  • Jefferson believed in a "Strict Construction" type viewpoint, where the Constitution held all final say. He believes that the Constitution must state powers, and that implied powers could lead to a tyrannical government.
  • Abolished the Slave Trade
  • To Jefferson, land meant wealth, and he put it upon himself to buy back a large territory to the west for 15 million dollars in order for the US to expand.  While this proved beneficial for America, if showed Jefferson as a hypocrite as the constitution does not say he can do this.
  • Commisioned Lewis and Clark to Explore new Territory
  • New land my boy!
  • Shortly after taking office Jefferson created the United States Military Acadamy in Westpoint, New York. The academy opened July 4th, 1802, and went on to be a prosperous academy.
  • On March 2nd, 1807 Jefferson signed an act, criminalizing the importation of slaves. While the act of slavery in the United States was still allowed, bringing new slaves to the United States became prohibited.
  • Jefferson commisioned Lewis and Clark to explore the new land purchased from France, and to discover uncharted land towards the Pacific. Their expedition lasted 2 years from 1804 to 1806 and proved worthwhile. 
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